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definition of the word instrument

by the Wiktionnary

From Latin īnstrūmentum (an implement, tool). suffix -mentum.

Singular
instrument

Plural
instruments

instrument (plural instruments)

  1. A device used to produce music.
    The violinist was a master of her instrument.
  2. A measuring or displaying device.
    The instrument detected an increase in radioactivity.
  3. A tool, implement.
    The dentist set down his tray of instruments.
  4. (law) A legal document, such as a contract, deed, trust, mortgage, power, indenture, or will.
    A bond indenture is the instrument that gives a bond its value.
    Negotiable instruments are the foundation of the debt markets.
  5. (figuratively) A person used as a mere tool for achieving a goal.


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